Diversity Edge Opportunities

For the Diversity Edge, you will need a 100 hours that must include a combination of international and domestic diversity (a minimum of at least 20 hours in each area).

Movies only count if there is a formal discussion afterwards.

You can log 30 hours for language classes, including sign language.


Possible Citizenship or Diversity (International) Edge Hours

Interested in volunteering or studying abroad?  Check out what projects are being offered now.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours - International

Join us in exploring the tourism and mythologies of Bangladesh on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Whitman Commons.  Sayemin Naheen will be the presenter.  This event is sponsored by the International Programs Office.  For more information, please call 906-227-2510.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours - Domestic

The 16th Annual NMU First Nations Food Taster is looking for volunteers on Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Friday, Nov. 4. Number your top three choices to help (1, 2, 3). If you are interested in working all three shifts, please indicate so. Chi Miigwech (Great thanks) for your assistance. Please keep in mind the last two shifts on Friday are critical due to serving and cleaning!

Tuesday, Nov. 1 Friday, Nov. 4
____3-6 p.m. ____10 a.m.-1 p.m.
____4-7 p.m. ____Noon-3 p.m.
  ____2-5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3 ____4-7 p.m.
____9 a.m.-Noon ____6-9 p.m.
____10 a.m.-1 p.m.  

Deliver completed volunteer form to the Center for Native American Studies - 112 Whitman by Monday, Oct. 24.

We ask that volunteers report to the Culinary Arts kitchen in the D.J. Jacobetti Complex around five minutes prior to start time to sign-in (don’t forget to sign-out when you’re finished).  We will have signs posted directing you to the kitchen.

Feel free to bring your own clean, untattered hat and apron; we will have aprons and hairnets available for you to wear in the kitchen. Remember to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants! Folks with longer hair, bring a hair tie! 

Each volunteer will receive one voucher to eat at the First Nations Food Taster for free after completing a full shift. Please consider bringing your own unbreakable, reusable dishware to the event to be eligible for door prizes.  Thank you once again for making this event a success. The FNFT is a fundraising event for our annual pow wow to be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Have questions or want a volunteer form?  Call 906-227-1397 or e-mail Andreaka at ajump@nmu.edu with your name, phone number, e-mail address, if you are NMU student, and if an instructor is giving you extra credit, include his/her name and which course (e.g., NAS 204).

Possible Diversity Edge Hours - International

This Skill Builder! workshop, "UnBelizeable:  Study Abroad as a Healthcare Professional," on Thursday, October 27, from 5-6 p.m., in The Back Room, University Center, will explore the ins and outs of traveling abroad to volunteer in a health-focused setting.  The presentation’s topics include the behind the scenes preparation for the trip, the pros and cons to this type of trip, and why this trip should be considered such a great opportunity.  Meghan Hohenstein and Sam Black are members of the Student Leader Fellowship Program and the presenters for this workshop.  To register for this workshop, please click here.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours - Domestic

On Friday, November 4, at 4:15 p.m. in Jamrich 1100, author Robert Rummel-Hudson and his daughter, Schuyler, will be here to share Schuyler's story about her rare neurological disorder, bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria.  This disorder leaves Schuyler unable to speak, but with the help of an AAC device, she is able to use her iPad to communicate.  Come learn more about her disorder, her unique form of communication, and their life journey.  This events if free for everyone.  Mr. Rummel-Hudson wrote the book, "Schuyler's Monster," which discusses more about Schuyler's condition; it is available for purchase in the Barnes and Noble NMU Bookstore.  This event is sponsored by NSSLHA and the Student Finance Committee.  For more information, please contact Morgan Zoeller at mzoeller@nmu.edu or by searching "A Voice for Everyone" on Facebook.  

Possible Citizenship - Civic Engagement or Diversity - Domestic Edge Hours

NMU Fights Famine is a 24-Hour Fasting Event that will work to raise awareness for hunger and poverty in our local community and around the world. The fasting (optional - the fasting doesn't count towards the Citizenship or Diversity Edges but the presentations and discussions would) starts on Friday, November 11 at 6 p.m. in the Gant/Spalding Lobby.  At 6 p.m. there will be a safe fasting presentation with a fun yet informative social activity to follow.

On the morning of Saturday, November 12, there will be a community-wide can and food drive. At 4 p.m .in the Charcoal Room, University Center, we will have a panel discussion with experts and leaders in their field about their involvement and impact on hunger and poverty in the community. We will conclude at 6 p.m. with a final meal and discussion about our fasting experience; free to everyone in attendance. 

For more information, please contact Rory Conn at rconn@nmu.edu.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours - Domestic

Black Student Union will be hosting a session called, "Let's Talk About It," on Wednesday, November 16, at 7 p.m. in 1318 Jamrich Hall.  These will be open forums on race, race relations, and other hot topics.  For more information, contact Sarah at sschollm@nmu.edu

Possible Diversity - Domestic, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Are you looking for a chance to experience the other side of health care?  If so, please contact Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice, to learn about a variety of opportunities available. You can contact our Volunteer Coordinator today at 906-225-4545, e-mail us for more information at lilahn@uphomehealth.com, or follow our efforts at www.facebook.com/uphomehealth.

Our Program:

Our hospice volunteers program offers several different types of opportunities ranging from direct companion/family support volunteers, special service volunteers, special project volunteers and even group opportunities.  Those who choose to work with our hospice patients directly will work in a variety of different settings that may include the patient’s personal homes, local hospitals, nursing homes, assisted livings, and memory care facilities.

As a volunteer with our hospice program, you will discover flexibility, specialized training and opportunities for personal growth.  Our team approach supports your role in making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.  You will also find the support of our Hospice Foundation which provides resources for volunteer projects and our Make-a-Memory Program.

Current Opportunities:

Companion/family support volunteers work to provide support directly to patients and families.  To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with those dealing with a life limiting illness, we require that volunteers complete orientation and training sessions.  It’s important that volunteers understand the philosophy of hospice and are aware of the specific ways we work to serve the community.  Volunteers spend their visits being present, listening, helping with errands or light household tasks or providing short respite opportunities for caregivers.

Special service volunteers are able to share their special skills of music or art therapy, massage therapy, and reminisce therapy.  If you have any talents you would like to share, contact us today.

Special project volunteers groups help with special projects that are vital in providing indirect support to our patients and their caregivers.  Many of these groups consist of resident volunteers from the local assisted living and nursing facilities.  Projects include but are not limited to:  heated comfort bags, fleece tie blankets, recipes-in-a-jar/horticulture therapy kits, and cards, letters and flowers.

Group volunteer opportunities exist for your group, club, or organization to become involved with hospice.  Upper Peninsula Hospice will provide an informative presentation or on-site training for any interested group.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities call our volunteer coordinator at 906-225-4545 or check us out at www.facebook.com/uphomehealth.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours - Domestic

NAS 101 - Anishinaabe Language, Culture & Community I 
An introduction to Anishinaabemowin language including grammar, vocabulary, idioms and syllabics.  Students will learn to read, write and speak basic Anishinaabemowin.  This course also promotes the preservation of Anishinaabe culture by examining various facets of Anishinaabe everyday life and contemporary issues

NAS 102 - Anishinaabe Language, Culture & Community II 
An in-depth study of Anishinaabemowin language.  This course is a continuation of materials introduced in NAS 101.  Students will focus on higher-level use of the language and will apply it in situations related to contemporary Anishinaabe cultural issues and community structures.

NAS 204-06 Native American Experience
A study of the development of Native American history, culture, attitudes, and issues from the prehistoric era to the contemporary scene, focusing on native culture in the Great Lakes region.  Shared native world view, contact experience and native peoples' contributions to world culture are an important part of the course.

NAS 212 - Michigan and Wisconsin Tribes, Treaties and Current Issues (Education and Political Science)
Examine the 23 federally recognized tribes of Michigan and Wisconsin.  Questions to be explore - how have treaties between tribal nations and federal government shaped history in this region?  What is sovereignty?  What are treaties and what treaties impact this region?  Discussions may also include tribal enterprises, urban Indian communities, and timely issues that arise in the news.

NAS 280 - Storytelling by Native American Women 
This course examines a myriad of historic and contemporary aspects of native life through the eyes and stories of Native American women.  Subjects include customs, culture, family, generations, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, art, education, fiction, poetry, political activism, and spirituality.

NAS 315 - History of Indian Boarding School Education (Anthro, History, Sociology)
The history of the initiation, development, alteration, and demise of the federally mandated Indian boarding school education experience in the U.S. and Canada. Intergenerational and contemporary repercussions, both positive and negative, within indigenous societies are considered.

NAS 320 - American Indians:  Identity and Media Images (English and Oral Traditions)
An analysis of the identity and images of American Indians portrayed within the historic and contemporary media.  Perpetuation of stereotypes and appropriates or distorts cultural images, symbols, beliefs, stories and contributions by native people to the media will be explored.

NAS 330 - Native Cultures and the Dynamics of Religious Experience
An examination of the traditional philosophies of the native peoples in the Great Lakes region as well as an exploration of how Christianity has influenced native peoples and communities.  Students will learn about the historical impacts, positive and negative, that organized religion has had on Indian country.

NAS 340 - Kinomaage - The Earth Shows Us the Way
Kinomaage, when translated, is "Earth shows us the way."  Students will examine various plants of the Northwoods that have been traditionally used by the Anishinaabeg.  Students will also examine the close relationship between Anishinaabeg peoples, culture, and the Earth while comparing that relationship to modern day society's view of the environment.

NAS 342 - Indigenous Environmental Movements
An exploration of the historical and cultural foundations of the paradigms that led to the ecological exploitation of Indigenous lands.  Students will examine how Indigenous cultures today are resisting domination and working to regain, protect and nurture their lands, the planet, and their ways of life.

NAS 414 - First Nations Women
How are First Nations women's ways of knowing distinctive from those of other cultures?  Explore the lives of American Indian women of the US and First Nations women of Canada.  Topics include activism, health, and ideology.

NAS 420 - Issues within the Representation of American Indians (Anthro, History, Sociology)
The histories, legacies and continuing debates regarding the display of Native Americans and especially how representations of Indians may reflect colonialist attempts of appropriation, marginalization, and erasure of indigenous cultures as well as Native American resistance, accommodation, and celebration.

NAS 485 - American Indian Education
Students will explore significant American Indian education policy from pre-colonial times to the present day.  Students will investigate treaties with educational provisions, current U.S. federal Indian education law; standards-based reform and Native American inclusion.  Through online chat rooms, students will discuss these issues with individuals from different parts of the world.  Meets P.A.31 requirement for Wisconsin teachers in the K-12 schools.

NAS 488 - Native American Service Learning Project
This is a capstone course for the Native American Studies minor. Students will complete an approved service learning project in Native American Studies under the guidance of the Director of the Center for Native American Studies upon completion of all other requirements for the minor.


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